All state churches and state associations recently were sent a letter announcing Rose Day 2016 will be observed on Wed., Feb. 3 at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Anthony L. Jordan, executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, and Brian Hobbs, Baptist Messenger editor and Rose Day chairman, co-signed the letter that invited all Oklahoma Baptists to participate in the 25th anniversary of Oklahoma Baptists becoming involved in Rose Day.
“Having served in the pro-life movement through the years, we have seen how much your presence at Rose Day makes an impact,” the letter reads.
The letter emphasizes a list of accomplishments that resulted in the past 25 years of Rose Day, including 16 pro-life laws passed in Oklahoma, and the annual abortion rate in the state has decreased from 12,000 abortions a year to fewer than 6,000 a year.
Rose Day also has provided a platform for many leading pro-life advocates including former abortion-proponent-turned-pro-life proponent Norma McCorvey (“Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade); former Planned Parenthood director now pro-life activist Abby Johnson; Lila Grace Rose, whose video expose efforts helped lead to Planned Parenthood being exposed; and Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission president Russell D. Moore.
“We know that one abortion is still too many,” the letter reads. “There is still much work to be done to make abortion not only illegal, but unthinkable. This year, we will continue and expand our focus on advancing laws that protect life.
“This is your chance to lead your congregation to speak out and to make a strong, but loving statement that, here in Oklahoma, we believe in the right to life for all. Will you join us?”
Jordan will bring the keynote address at the Rose Day Pro-Life Rally.
The Rose Day Pro-Life Rally is the single largest annual gathering of pro-life Oklahomans. The Rose Day event was originally established in Oklahoma by a small handful of pro-life Roman Catholics in the years that followed the infamouse 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that mandated legalized abortion in America.